Ceramic tiles for wall cladding
Ceramic tile manufacturers
Among foreign countries in the production of this material is definitely leading Spain and Italy. There are such factories as Fap, Imola, Bestile, Ceracasa, Baldocer (Spain) and many others. Among the Russian brands, the leaders are Shakhtynskaya tile, Kontakt, Lyra ceramics, Velor, Sokol, Cersanit, etc.
Ceramic tiles in our usual form are known from the time of Alexander the Great, but the tradition to decorate walls with pieces of ceramics — mosaic — appeared several thousand years before it.
Domestic tile is the most affordable - its price starts from 190 rubles per m2. Foreign starts from 800 rubles, for example, the Blancos collection from Ape Ceramica. The price range depends on the design, fashion, materials and method of manufacture. Now the most popular imitation textures for metal, velvet and other textiles, leather and animal hair. As for materials, traditionally the most expensive tile is made by hand from white clay,which does not change the tone of the glaze after baking - all the colors in the figure are clean.
How to choose a tile for the walls
The choice of cladding material for the walls begin with calculating the required amount. To do this, it is necessary to calculate the area of the treated surface and add 10% to it, taking into account the battle and the replacement of scrap. From the resulting number, and should proceed with the purchase of tiles of a specific size. Ideally, it is worthwhile to draw the wall scheme, having planned the number of rows and the arrangement of the tiles.
In the bathroom and toilet, all finishing materials must be waterproof, so you should choose glazed wall tiles for it. In the kitchen, this property is required only when facing the apron - the rest of the area can be glued with tiles without glaze. It is also necessary to choose this material taking into account the color design of the entire room, the textures used, the overall design of the room.
Choosing a specific collection, evaluate its quality: precise caliber, geometry, evenness of the surface, uniform coloring. All tiles must be from the same batch, otherwise you risk not getting into tone. For the background, select decorative inserts, borders and related materials.
For a kitchen apron and bathroom walls it is worth picking up tiles of the third and fourth grades of glaze hardness. Grades I — III are not designed for continuous exposure to water and detergents. In only 2-3 years the icing will be covered with a web of cracks.
How to save on tile
The best way to save money is to buy tiles directly from the manufacturer or from its official supplier. If you want to arrange a small room, wait for the sale in a large hardware store, there is always the opportunity to buy luxury tiles at affordable prices. However, you can purchase the remains of several collections and decorate a large area in eclectic or patchwork styles, which are very popular now.
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